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Descriptions for the Accuplacer Tests

Reading Comprehension

The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test consists of 20 questions. There are essentially two types of questions posed in this particular exam:

  • The first type of questions consists of reading a paragraph followed by a question based on the text. There are both long and short paragraphs. Within these passages, you will find explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, inference and application.

  • In the second type of question, you will find two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences.

Sentence Skills

The Accuplacer Sentence Skills test consists of 20 questions. There are two types of questions posed in this exam:

  • Sentence Correction: The first type requires you to have an understanding of sentence structure. These types of questions ask you to choose the most suitable word or phrase to substitute for the underlined section of the sentence.

  • Construction Shift: The construction shift questions require that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining the same meaning as the original sentence.

  • It is important to note that certain skills are also being tested within these two types of questions, such as logic of the sentence, whether or not the answer is a complete sentence, and the relationship between coordination and subordination.

Arithmetic Test

The Accuplacer Arithmetic subtest assesses your ability to perform elementary arithmetic operations, as well as to solve problems that involve basic arithmetic concepts. The Arithmetic test consists of 17 questions in three different categories:

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.

  • Operations with decimals and percents, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals, percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.

  • Applications and problem solving, such as rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Elementary Algebra

There are 12 questions in the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test consisting of three different types of problems:

  • The first type of problem involves operations with integers and rational numbers. This may include computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.

  • The second type of problem involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.

  • The third type of Elementary Algebra problem involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

College Level Math Test

The College Level Math subtest consists of 20 questions. It should be noted that this particular test measures an individual skills from intermediate algebra all the way through precalculus.

There are several types of questions

  • Algebraic operations includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.

  • Solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.

  • Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.

  • Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.

  • The functions and trigonometry category presents problems about polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

NOTE: The definitions listed above were derived from CollegeBoard.com.